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  1. Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter/Compressor

    MFR#: MSLCHP
    Tube compressor/limiter with high-pass filter option
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    In Stock
    Item is in stock and will ship the next business day.
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $4,400.00

    $3,960.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  2. Manley Nu Mu (Demo Deal)

    Dual-channel, tube/solid state hybrid, compressor/limiter with stereo link
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    In Stock
    Item is in stock and will ship the next business day.
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • 30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $2,520.00

    $2,142.00 (You Save 15%)

    No interest if paid in full within 6 months
  3. Manley SLAM! Stereo Limiter and Mic Preamp #SLAM148 (Used)

    Stereo tube mic preamplifier/DI and limiter
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    Serviced to Order
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • This pre-owned item has been rigorously tested and serviced by our tech shop and comes with a free 1-year warranty.Free 1-Year Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    • Prior to shipment, this item will undergo our multi-point inspection, servicing and quality control process by our industry-leading tech shop.Free VK Premium Servicing
    $4,295.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  4. Manley SLAM! - Mastering Version

    MFR#: MMSLAM
    Stereo limiter and mic pre with digital I/O - mastering version with detented pots and new features
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    Ships directly from Manley Labs
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • 30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $8,600.00

    $7,740.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  5. Manley SLAM!

    MFR#: MSLAM
    Stereo limiter and mic pre with digital I/O
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    Ships directly from Manley Labs
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $7,400.00

    $6,660.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  6. Manley Stereo Variable Mu - Mastering Version

    MFR#: MMSSLCHP
    Tube compressor/limiter with high-pass filter option - mastering version
    More Info
    Ships directly from Manley Labs
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • 30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $5,750.00

    $5,175.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  7. Manley Nu Mu

    MFR#: MNUMU
    Dual-channel, tube/solid state hybrid, compressor/limiter with stereo link
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    Ships directly from Manley Labs
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $2,800.00

    $2,520.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  8. Manley ELOP+

    MFR#: MELPP
    Stereo electro-optical all-tube limiter with stereo link
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    Ships directly from Manley Labs
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support

    $2,500.00

    $2,250.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months

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Dynamic processors are an engineers secret weapon, they not only offer control of extreme peaks of a performance, they also add analog warmth and vibe to anything you run through it.

There are a few different style compressors to be aware of. Optical compressors, such as the LA-2A, are often described as “smooth” and “warm”, and usually a go to compressor when tracking vocals. They have fixed attack and release controls, as well as a fixed ratio, typically 3:1. They are typically equipped with two controls, threshold and make-up gain. The threshold control allows you to adjust the point of when the compressor will engage. The makeup or output dial is to add back the gain that was lost in the compressor's gain reduction. Optical compressors come in solid state, and tube versions.

Discrete compressors, such as the 1176, provide a few more control functions, and are often referred to as “aggressive”, but they can be used subtly to achieve a warm, smooth sound. They have independent controls of attack and release to dial in to the rhythm of the song. The input control adjusts the level being sent into the compressor, and the output control is to add additional gain that was lost from the gain reduction. Discrete compressors also come in solid state and tube options.

Limiters can be used on a source to set a “brick wall” that signal cannot pass. This is ideal when a drum bus has extreme transients, and continues to overload the bus. Or on a mix bus that is being pushed to the limit. A limiter is a great way to make sure that a mix will not blow up any speakers you play them through.

Compressors come in all shapes and sizes, from mono units, to eight channels, and more. When deciding on the best compressor for your rig, make sure you think about how many channels you would want to compress at one time. In a smaller studio set up, a single channel or dual channel might work for everything in your recording or mix.

Some compressors can be used in a side chain configuration, which can allow you to trigger the compressor or limiter from an external audio signal. This can be used to “duck” the bass whenever a kick drum is hit to make more room for the attack, or “duck” delays and reverbs every time the vocalist sings.

With so many options available, it can be overwhelming figuring out what compressor or limiter will work best for your setup. Our sales team at Vintage King is highly trained in all the models we carry, and will be glad to help find the right fit for your studio.